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BYU trio takes No. 1 for student-founded business

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React Games, a digital game development company founded by three Brigham Young University students, was named the top student-founded business this week by Utah Student 25.

For three years, Utah Student 25 has recognized 25 student businesses in their annual awards, basing their selections on revenue growth and profitability. React Games, founded by Brad Moss, Chad Lee and James Oldham, is now a million-dollar company.

"In the game industry, the secret sauce is building and innovating all the time and having great people," Moss said in a press release from the Marriott School of Management at BYU. "We have a solid team that has grown from three people to 21."

React Games has partnerships with Electronic Arts, Intel, Lucas Arts, Sega and Hasbro. The company recently developed a PC game for Deseret Book, "Helam: A Stripling Warrior Quest," and a Lego "Star Wars" Facebook application.

The honors were given at an awards banquet Thursday at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

"The amount of talent, business acumen and pure energy coming from the students who participated in this year's Utah Student 25 program is nothing short of amazing," said John Richards, founder of the Utah Student 25, in a press release. "Some of the students founded companies out of financial necessity, and some are following a dream. But all of them are achieving a level of success that in many ways outstrips their limited years of experience."

The following are the 2012 Utah Student Top 25, ranked in order:

1. React Games, LLC Brad Moss, Chad Lee, James Oldham: BYU

2. Fix A Phone, LLC Craig Anderson, Jacob Williams, Quinn Zite: University of Utah

3. Epic Profit Group, LLC Zach Smith, Josh Nyland: Weber State University

4. Uptown Cheapskate, LLC Chelsea Elan Sloan, Scott Romney Sloan: Utah

5. Dakine Auto, LLC Lance Wakefield: BYU

6. The Awful Waffle, LLC Lance Wakefield, Ashley Wakefield: BYU

7. Vital Foods, LLC Eric Thomas, Joseph Ruff: BYU

8. COALITION, LLC Devereaux Smith, Luke Beachley, Samuel Johnsen: Utah Valley University

9. Monolith Management Chris Kilbourn: Westminster College

10. Solase Massage and Oxygen Bar, LLC Terry Sharp, Christina Sharp, Kendrick Hair, Christy Hair, Jeff Bramble, Rebecca Bramble: BYU

11. Printing Jay, LLC Jeff O'Bryant: BYU

12. Knudra Christopher E. Hopkins, Lisa Ogden, Trisha Brock: Westminster

13. Utah Valley Lawn Care Tyler D. Babb: UVU

14. Alpine Window Washing, LLC Joshua Oaks, Austin Andreason: BYU

15. The Gluten Free Consumer Rodney Fife, Chaton Fife, Celeste Fife: UVU

16. Research Accelerator Gary Jense, Travis Corrigan: Utah

17. SEOqueue, LLC Jason Hermann: BYU

18. Exceptional Accounting Services, LLC Anthony Castro: BYU

19. Kisstixx, LLC Dallas Robinson, Mike Buonomo: UVU

20. Corporate Movement Jordan Avner: Weber St.

21. Nice Guys Lending Services, Inc. Jason Wilde, Ron Wilde: BYU

22. Muse Music Cafe Colin Hatch, Justin Hyatt: BYU

23. Evolo Race Events Spencer Storey: Weber St.

24. Prime Infographics Parker Boyack: BYU

25. Premium Landscape, LLC Weston Thayne: Weber St.

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